During December, the main book display at Noel Wien is featuring ‘Lite Lit’ – This is an eclectic and random selection of (mostly) quick and easy reads and listens from the Noel Wien print and audiobooks collections. Emphasis is on short stories that are cozy or quirky reads – something to enjoy during those few, treasured quiet moments that occasionally crop up during this busy season. Stop by and snag a few of these ‘mind breaks’ to lighten up your precious down-time.
In 1998, towards the end of the 20th century, librarians across the country were asked to select the most influential fiction of the century. Here’s a list of the top 100 titles – with brief annotations to help you remember whether or not these are books you DID read or entice you to try some that slipped past you all those years ago! The full list of 150 titles was published in Library Journal magazine in November 1998.
The list is drawn from more than 75,000 ballots cast in National Public Radio’s annual summer reader’s survey in 2012. The list is a mix of individual titles and series and is 100% fiction. It’s multigenerational, with top 100 “winners” harking back to the teen years of the parents and grandparents of today’s teens. It includes old favorites that are now assigned reading in schools – as well as newer titles and authors that are quite unfamiliar to many a 21st century grandparent. Oh, yes, stop on by and pick up something teen-ish to read the 13th to the 19th; it’s Teen Read Week.
September is harvest time in Alaska, so it’s a good time to celebrate a harvest – and the use thereof – grapes and the resulting wine!
Selected fiction with a strong sense of place for all 50 states…
Can you remember reading a book – or a series of books – that made you feel like you were “there”? A book where the author made the time and location so real that you could almost smell the pizza, hear the screech of the sea gulls, feel the heat radiating off the sidewalk, or see the craggy mountains rising in front of you… Readers call that a ‘strong sense of place’ – and this list offers you three opportunities to experience some of the uniqueness of each of our fifty states. Happy reading!